There have been a lot of rumours about breakfast over the years and how big it should be, whether it was a good idea to skip it or not and nobody really seems to have come up with a definite answer, but this new study is saying that eating a massive one can help you burn double the calories.
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The research involved 16 men consuming a low calorie dinner and a high calorie breakfast on one day and then switching it around for the next day and then analysing their metabolisms. They were able to determine that eating a big breakfast and a small dinner boosted diet-induced thermogenesis (DIT) which is the generation of heat in the body that burns up calories.
Study author Dr Juliane Richter made the following conclusions:
Our results show a meal eaten for breakfast – regardless of the amount of calories it contains – creates twice as high diet-induced thermogenesis as the same meal consumed for dinner.
This finding is significant for all people as it underlines the value of eating enough at breakfast.
Eating more at breakfast instead of dinner could prevent obesity and high blood sugar.
We recommend that patients with obesity as well as healthy people eat a large breakfast rather than a large dinner to reduce body weight and prevent metabolic diseases.
There you have it I guess – load up on a Full English breakfast every day and cut out the cheeseburgers for dinner for a tinyass salad and you should be seeing results instantly. Although I suppose when you put it like that it’s kind of obvious anyway? Like if you’re gonna eat a lot if just makes sense to do it earlier on because later you’re just gonna be sleeping and not active or whatever? Not really sure this study even needed to be commissioned when I think about it?
For more on breakfast, check out this full English breakfast served in a Yorkshire pudding. Why not?